Red Faction: Armageddon arrives May 31

Next installment in open-world shooter series due out in three months for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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Publisher THQ and developer Volition brought the acclaimed Red Faction: Guerrilla to high-definition consoles and the PC in 2009. The title moved more than 1 million units, and in June 2010, THQ formally announced a sequel, Red Faction: Armageddon. Now, the game has a firm release date.

The Mason clan continues the fight in Armageddon.

Red Faction: Armageddon will debut on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on May 31. The title was originally slated to debut in March but last year was pushed back to May.

As for the game, where Guerrilla focused on Alec Mason's rebellion against the oppressive Earth Defense Force, Armageddon shifts the focus and ups the stakes. The game picks up roughly 50 years later and focuses on Darius Mason, Alec's grandson. When the younger Mason accidentally unleashes a planet-threatening evil on Mars, it's up to Darius and his grandfather's old rebel group, the Red Faction, to clean up the mess.

As in previous Red Faction games, cleaning up a big mess will require making an even bigger mess, thanks to a focus on physics-based destruction. Armageddon will provide players some new surroundings to explosively customize, from ice caves to lava flows.

In support of Armageddon, THQ will release a downloadable series entry, Red Faction: Battlegrounds for Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, as well as Red Faction: Origins, a television movie created in partnership with the SyFy Channel.

For more on the new game, check out GameSpot's most recent hands-on preview of Red Faction: Armageddon.

Discussion

23 comments
MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Getting the game, ignoring the downloabable side story but I might download the TV series through Bit Torrent.

IdolConverge
IdolConverge

Sounds like they're going all out on this game. Hope it pays off. (P.S., why'd it have to be SyFy? WHY!?!)

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

well guess i should probably get around to finally finishing off Guerrilla then

lsw3638
lsw3638

only played guerrilla but it was very refreshing (innovative?) would be even better, if only multiplayer was more accessible with little more variety?

Drakan11
Drakan11

@Heshertonfist Going by your logic, then nobody should ever anticipate a FPS game ever again. Because you basically do the same damn thing all game...both SP and MP.

Shakezulah
Shakezulah

May is going to be an incredibly crowded month for games. I'm both looking forward to it and dreading it at the same time. This game looks fantastic, though, and I'll definitely be picking it up. Guerrilla was an amazing game and one of the most under-rated of the generation. Its MP was especially fun. I really hope Armageddon doesn't get too overshadowed by everything else that's out around the same time.

plaintomato
plaintomato

The original was like an alternative to Half-Life. There are so few good FPS games that have a focus on immersion and placing you in legitimately interesting and story-driven environments and situations instead of all of the single player campaigns we have nowadays that are all based on military situations and tactics and really only exist as a supplement to multi-player. Third person sandbox games are great and all, but Red Faction could have been the Half-Life rival that never was.

emperiox
emperiox

This isn't Red Faction. Red Faction was an FPS, personally I'm offended by them making it 3rd person. I even gave Guerilla a chance, and HATED it. I want it to be fps again where I can shoot people through walls with a rail driver. Ahhh, the good ol' PS2 days of liberating the mines. :(

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

I'm surprised that there are people out there anticipating this game. Guerrilla was good but it was a one trick pony, drive, shoot, blow up, drive, repeat.

campbell153
campbell153

The first Red Faction was brilliant! ahh good old PS2 day`s! anyway.. i just dont know about this?

lordofallpies
lordofallpies

The best thing about his game is that destroying stuff with a sledgehammer never really gets old.

ImTonyStark
ImTonyStark

They have a pretty bad history on PC platform......I still regret on my decision of buying RF:Guerilla....I couldn't even play a single thing.....the game stucks on the first screen coz of a bug......& they never released a patch to fix that... I hav no intention to get Armageddon :(

StaticPenguin
StaticPenguin

I wanted this game until I heard it was all mission based and not free roam =/

mattcake
mattcake

Guerilla was a fantastic game - whether they know it yet or not, all future engines will allow for this kind of destruction. When you grow up with hard bsp maps in doom and duke, its hard to believe *everything* can be destroyed but games like Guerilla set new boundaries. I cant wait to see what they do next and cant wait to see the kind of physics we will be seeing on the next generation of consoles :) The gameplay was a bit weak at times but strategically placing charges on the weak points of buildings never seemed to get old... the framerate kept up quite well too so I was more than impressed the poor little 360 could do so much :)

stakex007
stakex007

While Guerilla was very shallow, and was little more then a demolition fest... it was an amazingly fun game. You simply cannot beat the fun you can have with dynamic destruction and I'm sure Armageddon will not disapoint in that area.

Kid_Mega
Kid_Mega

Too bad it's not early May...heh. May 31st? Damnit, lol. Oh well I'll wait for this awesome looking game.